Trans-individuals face significant economic, social, cultural and health-related challenges. Many of these individuals are forced to migrate to cities like Bengaluru to escape societal norms and find themselves in need of guidance, support and belonging.
Our Transgender project has been instituted to help Transgender individuals in Bangalore who need support navigating hurdles in accessing healthcare, nourishment and livelihoods, especially during Pride month annually.
PRIDE MONTH COVID OUTREACH
Many homeless trans-individuals derive their income from beggary and the lockdowns almost completely eliminated their ability to earn their living. Since the start of the second wave of COVID-19, our team had been actively reaching out to communities of such individuals and helping them through donation of ration/food and health kits.
Reach Lives amplified its efforts in helping impoverished Transgender individuals in Bangalore during June, 2021. In partnership with transgender community leaders, Habitat for Humanity and Dream India Network, our volunteers distributed monthly rations worth Rs. 15,00,000 among over 1,000 impoverished transgender persons.
Many impoverished trans-persons report facing significant discrimination when attempting to seek healthcare at public and subsidized-private hospitals. Consequently our team has identified multiple individuals who have neglected healthcare for decades and are in urgent need of help. In addition many individuals belonging to these communities are at an elevated risk of STD's including HIV. Our medical outreach programs are directed towards providing free, multi-specialty healthcare to trans-persons in need closer to their community and free from discrimination.
One of the key reasons for the acute impoverishments of many trans-persons in Bangalore during COVID-19 was the fragile nature of their professions. A hand-to-mouth existence leaves little in the way of savings in times of need. Livelihood programs executed in partnership with Dream India Network are directed at upskilling individuals looking at transitioning to formal employment. Learn more about our livelihood program for transgenders.